Herman Melville Poetry

Herman Melville is best known for his novel about the White Whale, Moby Dick. However, Herman Melville also wrote four volumes of poetry. These poems explored the Civil War, the Holy Land, and other themes.

I am in the process of annotating all four volumes of poetry. The first one, Battle-Pieces, is fully complete. The second one, Clarel, is partially done. Then I will work on the remaining two.

Battle Pieces Herman Melville Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War
Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War was first published by Herman Melville in 1886, just after the end of the Civil War. Melville was a navy man at heart and as soon as the war broke out he tried to enlist in the navy. He was quite disappointed when he was turned away due to poor health. He had to "sit out" the war, reading newspaper reports from his quiet home in Massachusetts. Instead of fighting, he wrote poetry about the things he learned about.

My annotated version of Battle-Pieces is 312 pages long and is available in both Kindle and Paperback format.

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Battle Pieces Herman Melville Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land
Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land was first published by Herman Melville in 1876. He wrote this after the publishing of Battle-Pieces. Even though Battle-Pieces was not a best seller, Melville felt it important to put out Clarel. This is based on his trip to the Holy Land, and involves many of his own experiences on that trip.

My annotated version of Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land is 648 pages long and is available in both Kindle and Paperback format.

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